CREW Boston

We want to hear from you! Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey

We want to hear from you!  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey
Over the past several months, the CREW Boston Board of Directors has been focused on efforts to make our organization more inclusive and diverse, while also considering our role in the industry as a whole. Our mission is to promote the advancement and parity of women in commercial real estate, which continues to be an important need in the industry. However, the board has also been purposeful to consider the intersectionality of gender diversity with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and all other aspects of diversity. We want to share our progress with our members and ask for your input. 
CREW Boston has formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. The task force consists of board members and members-at-large that represent a diverse mix of industry niche, age and race. The task force is responsible for recommending goals and action items, to make our organization more inclusive and to provide programming focused on DEI topics while staying true to our mission. We do not have all the answers yet, but we are committed as an organization to thoroughly review our own policies and procedures, and to also have thoughtful conversations about how we can effectuate change in the industry. 
We want to hear from you!  The DEI Task Force is requesting your input. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, November 6th. Your input will help shape CREW Boston’s short-term and long-term action items. 

CREW Boston leadership has also been working collaboratively with other Boston-based industry organizations to have a bigger impact on DEI efforts in the industry as a whole. This effort, dubbed  The Collaborative, has evolved over the last couple years and is responsible for DEI focused programming, including the CRE Summit with expert Darnisa Amante-Jackson.  The Collaborative is focused on actionable items and CREW Boston is committed to working with this group of industry professionals to effectuate change. 
CREW Network is also providing DEI training and resources to the local chapters. CREW Boston leadership will be attending multiple trainings over the next couple months to learn about these tools and share best practices with the Network. We are committed to learning and bringing the lessons back to our chapter. CREW Network has also recently released their  2020 Benchmark Study  that shows progress of women in commercial real estate over the last 20 years, and for the first time has included statistics on racial diversity. The results are disappointing, and the lack of progress is a call to action for the commercial real estate industry. Please take the time to read the study and share it broadly. 

Please reach out to any board members with questions, and please take the time to complete the survey.